Learning Technologies

JISC RSC Scotland North & East

If you’re looking for information on the benefits of using images in your learning and teaching materials and looking for sources of images, TASI in partnership with Intute have just released a virtual training suite called “Internet for Image Searching“. There’s also a useful section on copyright law and image rights.

Intute: VIrtual Training Suite (VTS) are a collection of free Internet tutorials for teaching Internet research skills for over 65 university & college subjects. The tutorials are authored and updated by a national network of subject experts from UK universities and colleges. If you’re not familiar with the Virtual Training Suite model they are broken down into four sections: Tour, Discover, Judge, Success stories. There are resources mentioned throughout and you can click on the “add to basket” icon for any resources of interest. A bit like adding items to the basket if you’ve used Amazon before.

And when you’ve finished you click on the the Links basket icon (1). You’re then presented with a list of links you’ve added to your basket (2). And you can then email the list of links (3) to yourself for later reference.

Intute also provide a range of support materials including handouts and worksheets for use in teaching and training. And concluding the images theme they have a VTS on Digital Photography.

Intute VTS || Digital Photography

YouTube is a free video sharing site where users can watch, comment and upload videos. For a concise overview of YouTube for learning and teaching it’s worth having a look at Educause’s excellent 7 things you should know series. They have a range of two-page summaries on new and emerging technologies. You can download the YouTube guide here

A useful feature of YouTube is the ability to embed videos into blogs. As an example, if I was teaching study skills I might want to provide a concise overview of mindmapping. A quick trip over to YouTube and a search on Tony Buzan brings up a 5 minute overview by the creator of mindmaps. To use this in my blog I just copy and paste the code provided by YouTube.

I have pasted the code from YouTube and pasted it into this blog entry.

Video from YouTube of Tony Buzan